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The stand, by the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and others,
places the groups squarely in the corner of VA Secretary Bob McDonald.
A dozen veterans groups and support organizations are rallying behind legislation
that would enable the Veterans Affairs Department to offer in vitro fertilization
services to veterans with wounds and injuries prevent them from fathering children.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel released a statement this week saying
the investigation of scheduling manipulation at several Texas VA hospitals and
clinics by the VA's Office of Inspector General "failed to appropriately address"
whistleblower allegations. It found, for instance, that the VA substantiated that
improper scheduling occurred at facilities in Austin and San Antonio
but didn't address whether that may have endangered public health and safety.
Your VA Claim
If you haven't figured it out by now,
it's time to realize you're involved in a giant paper shuffle
and this IS NOT a spectator sport.
Put down your gun
and pick up your keyboard.
The battlefield has changed.
President Obama pledged Monday to make good on his promise to
transform the Department of Veterans Affairs and said
he would "dramatically improve" mental health aid.
Two veterans have made allegations that their rights were violated when they
were admitted for treatment at the VA Maine Healthcare facility in Augusta.
Both veterans say that when they tried to file complaints,
those complaints got lost in bureaucracy.
The Army vet has filed three claims with the agency, most recently in 2014,
since a doctor told him the cancer was likely tied to the toxic herbicide.
Each time, even as he found additional doctors to vouch for the link between
his cancer and his service, the VA rejected Eller’s claim, arguing there was no proof.
Nearly three of every ten veterans report they have delayed seeking
medical care, which researchers suggest may be slowing
down the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' ability to serve them.
Retired service personal in dire need of VA benefits would not be cheered
by the allegation that a contractor hired to review the cases of thousands
of Vietnam veterans for exposure to Agent Orange may have denied benefits
in spite of obvious need, all because the contractor was less
than thorough in reviewing cases, or so it has been alleged.
Today's VA more appropriately stands for “verified abomination”: Wait times
haven't improved. Records are still being fudged to cover up delays. The worst
VA players are demoted, not fired. And shredder-happy benefit centers,
including one in Philadelphia, are destroying pertinent patient records.
Fifteen months ago, Robert Fields died at a VA hospital
and his family still doesn't know why.
Memphis VA Has 4 Suspicious Deaths On Its Hands
There are four suspicious deaths in the spinal cord wing of the
Memphis Veteran Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), according to
two new complaints to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC).
The U.S. Office of the Special Counsel is faulting reviews of wait times
at VA hospitals in Temple, Austin and San Antonio.
Behind the scenes, US military veterans are afraid they are being
specifically targeted and are quickly losing their 2nd Amendment rights.
According to one group, in over 150,000 instances, they already have.
As we have reported several times in the past (including here and here),
the Veterans Administration (VA) has been reporting to the National Instant
Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the identities of its beneficiaries
who have been assigned a “fiduciary” to manage their benefits. The
VA claims that such determinations constitute an “adjudication of mental
defectiveness” under federal law, thereby prohibiting the
beneficiary (presumptively for life) from acquiring or possessing firearms.
Under federal law, until veterans pay back their involuntary separation pay, they
can have their VA disability compensation withheld. After 31-year-old Marine veteran
Tim Foster received a 50% disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs
in January, he was shocked to discover the compensation benefits would be
withheld until May 2016. The reason, Foster explained to Task & Purpose, is that
he received $30,000 in involuntary separation pay from the Marine Corps when
he was forced out in August 2014, due to personnel cuts. Foster said he
accepted the separation pay, not realizing he would have to pay it
back if he filed for disability. And he isn't alone.
Soldier – Sailor – Author – Patriot
As a solid member of “The Greatest Generation”, George has served in two wars in two different
branches of the service; U. S. Navy in World
War II and U.S. Army in the Korean War.
In May 2014, George became a resident
of the Trinka Davis Veteran’s Community
Center in Carrollton GA. This book tells of
his journey through this amazing VA
facility and will remain here until….
Just Before Taps
Do You Believe That VA May Have Destroyed
Your Files Or Vitally Important Documents?
You need to speak with a veterans law attorney today!
Department of Veterans Affairs investigators conducted spot checks at 10
veterans benefits offices around the country and came to a disturbing conclusion:
The VA has been systemically shredding
documents related to veterans' claims --
some potentially affecting their benefits. VA - OIG Review of Claims-Related
Documents Pending Destruction at VA Regional Offices 2016 We found VBA’s
controls were not effective to prevent VARO staff from potentially destroying
claims related documents. We identified 69 of 155 claims related
documents improperly scheduled for destruction, which
staff at 6 of the 10 VAROs had not properly
associated with veterans’ claims folders.
If you believe you were improperly denied entitlement to reimbursement of
medical expenses incurred for emergency medical services provided
at non-VA medical facilities from December 27, 2010, through December 31, 2011
you need to speak with a veterans law attorney today!
The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims recently held that the Department
of Veterans Affairs had been using an invalid regulation since 2009 to deny
reimbursement to veterans for emergency medical costs incurred
outside of the V.A. health care system.
CLAIMS NO. 14-0957 RICHARD W. STAAB, APPELLANT, V. ROBERT A.
MCDONALD, SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, APPELLEE.
On Appeal from the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Decided April 8, 2016)
on Veterans Affairs Firing Bill
All of a federal employee union’s objections were removed from a Senate bill
designed to help the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) discipline bad
employees, making it politically easier for the bill to pass,
but indicating it may not be doing the very thing it’s supposed to.
The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to contact nearly 25,000 veterans
nationwide to say they’re entitled to new exams for
traumatic brain injuries, known as TBI’s.
The Veterans Benefits Administration established the Veterans Benefits
Management System as a technology platform to eliminate the backlog of
veteran compensation claims by transitioning from a paper-intensive
claims process to a digitized system. VBMS has reportedly made
progress in reducing the backlog, but remains subject
to the limitations of the department's legacy systems.
One veteran told of a horror story when he sought medical help
through the Veterans Affairs Heath Care System.
Despite scandal and national embarrassment after thousands of vets died
while waiting for healthcare, the Veterans Affairs Administration isn't improving.
Wait times are longer now than they were two years ago and according
to a new Inspector General report, VA workers have potentially shredded
hundreds, maybe thousands, of pages needed to treat and fulfill
benefits to veterans who have made healthcare claims.
A new inspector general’s report says the VA Reno Veterans Benefits
Administration Office inappropriately put claims-related documents in
shred bins, affecting burial expenses that one veteran’s family was entitled to.
In another incident, IG staff found three medical documents were destined
to be shredded without proper signatures. “Had we not discovered these
claims-related documents, Reno VARO staff would have inappropriately
shredded them,” according to the 26-page IG report Thursday
about shredding practices at 10 VA regional offices.
Combined Ratings Calculations
Dr. Brett Valette provides Military Veterans with psychological
Independent Medical Evaluation, Independent Medical Opinions,
Nexus Letters and Ratings Reviews. For more information visit www.VeteransPsychEvaluations.com
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